Dr. Omar Abdullah Al-Swailem


Dr. Omar Alswailem has rich experience that resulted from the tasks he was entrusted or participated in. This included the areas of strategic planning, academic development, assessment and accreditation, quality assurance, leadership, and others. Has supervised and provided consultations towards the development of strategic plans for various ministries, national institutions, and Saudi universities. He held several leadership positions at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and worked as Director of the Academic Leadership Center of the Ministry of Education (MoE). He also chaired and participated in many teams, taskforces, committees, boards, and professional associations.

Educational Background

MS, BS, Electrical Engineering – King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

PhD, Electrical Engineering – University of Missouri- Columbia, USA

Intensive Advanced Leadership Program at University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Professional Experience

Assigned to various leadership positions at KFUPM. Provided valuable contributions while carrying these duties including introducing new initiatives, enhancing efficiency and performance, streamlining processes, employing digital transformation, growing and motivation people, and strengthening partnership with stakeholders inside and outside the university.

  • Director of the Academic Leadership Center, Ministry of Education (MoE), (2016 – 2019).
  • Dean, Faculty & Personnel Affairs, KFUPM, (2016 – 2020)
  • Director of KFUPM’s Accelerated Transformation, )2019-2020(
  • Secretary General, The University Board, KFUPM, (2016 – 2020).
  • Director of the Vision 2030 Realization Office, KFUPM, (2017 – 2020). 
  • Dean, College of Engineering Sciences, KFUPM, (2013 – 2016)
  • Dean of Admissions and Registration, KFUPM, (2005 – 2013)
  • Deputy Dean, Educational Affairs of Student Affairs, KFUPM (2003-2005)

Academic Contributions

Provided various academic contributions and services including; designing and reviewing programs, developing and teaching courses, supervising undergraduate and graduate students, as well as conducting and publishing research and studies outcomes.

  • Supervising and participating in the development of academic programs
  • Teaching many basic and advanced courses in engineering and skills development
  • Supervisor/member in thesis committees for PhD and Master students
  • Supervisor/member in committees for capstone projects and internship training students
  • Participating in advising and counseling students in academic, social, and skills issues
  • Coauthor of a book on “University Study Skills” that is adopted in many universities